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Polymer prices climb higher

January 13, 2014 | Lindsay Frost

Polymer prices were generally stronger as some economic optimism crept into the near-term outlook of downstream industries. December polyethylene contracts were settled higher in North America by 3 cts/lb with the exception of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) which gained 6 cts/lb. Polypropylene (PP) was agreed up by 8 cts/lb, while polystyrene (PS) was done higher by 5 cts/lb. Spot prices were more mixed, with LDPE down $100/m.t. and LLDPE off $70/m.t. Other polyolefins were up about $50/m.t. with exception of injection-grade high-density PE which zipped...

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